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VWFS signposts digital future plans with double appointment to board

Volkswagen Financial Services UK (VWFS) has appointed Dan James, marketing director and chief digital officer, and Matt Solven, risk and controlling director, to its Board of Management.

Dan James, marketing director and chief digital officer at VWFS

The mobility specialist said the new appointments were indicative of its continued commitment to preparing to be fit for the future and becoming a more digitally focused operation.

Dan James joined VWFS in 2007 and has held various commercial roles in the business, delivering initiatives including orchestrating the successful transition to its Commercial Product team approach.

He will be responsible for managing the VWFS overall customer proposition and marketing approach, as well as ensuring that digital transformation has a critical focus at board level.

Matt Solven started his career at VWFS as an undergraduate during his year in industry whilst studying for his Accounting and Finance degree. He returned to VWFS in 2005 after graduating and since then he has held various posts, including a three-year foreign assignment as Audi international brand manager and UK sales manager role based in the Audi factory in Ingolstadt.

He then returned to the UK in 2015 to take up a brand management role before becoming business performance director in 2020.

Solven will oversee an enterprise-wide view of VWFS profitability and planning, resulting in greater efficiency, transparency and streamlining complex processes.

Mike Todd, CEO at VWFS, said: “It’s a great testament to their hard work and dedication that Dan and Matt have been promoted to these very senior roles. It’s really important for us to focus on our future and to ensure that we are set up to achieve our strategic goals, which is why we have taken the opportunity to evaluate the current structure of the VWFS Board of Management. I’m really looking forward to working more closely with both colleagues as we continue our journey towards becoming a trend-setting digital operation that puts the customer at the heart of everything we do.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.